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Since 1971, SCMS has annually honored the year’s best in cinema and media studies scholarship, teaching, and professional service. The next round of awards will be presented at the 2020 SCMS Conference in Denver, April 1-5, 2020. The submission period will begin July 1 and end July 30, 5:00PM CT.
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Book or Project Awards
Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award
Honoring the memory of USC professor Katherine Singer Kovács, this award is given to an outstanding book published in the field of cinema and media studies.
Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award
Presented in memory of SCMS president-elect Anne Friedberg, this award recognizes innovative work that expands the discipline of cinema and media studies.
Best First Book Award
Recognizing the best first book by an author in the field of cinema and media studies.
Best Edited Collection Award
Awarded to the year’s best anthology in cinema and media studies.
Katherine Singer Kovács Essay Award
Awarded to the best essay published in a journal.
Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award
Awarded to the best essay published in an anthology.
Student Writing Award
SCMS’s oldest honor, the Student Writing Award recognizes essays or writing by graduate students.
The Society’s annual award for an outstanding dissertation in cinema and media studies.
Teaching, Service, and Career Awards
Distinguished Career Achievement Award
For outstanding contributions to the field over the course of a career.
Distinguished Service Award
For outstanding service to the Society.
Innovative Pedagogy Award
To recognize new methods, perspective and techniques in the teaching of Cinema, Radio, Television and Emerging Media Studies.
For outstanding pedagogical achievement in the field of cinema and media studies.